FIFA claims that they are ‘powerless to punish the 1998 World Cup winning striker because their rules forbade them to do so if the original misdemeanor was not seen by the match officials.’
For an organization that can demand up to $100million dollars of broadcasting rights from any country for the coming World Cup in South Africa, it is indeed a fiasco to be deemed ‘powerless’ under such circumstances. The truth is that, this kind of controversy will not be happening only if FIFA adopted what so a great many other professional sports has adopted, that’s make full use of video replay technology to aid their soccer referees to referee their games. Only the best rungs in FIFA and God will know very well what is keeping probably the most populous game adopting technology to improve the game.
해외축구중계 argue that refereeing in soccer should remain status quo, so the human error aspects of the game remain within the game. At the very top, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, is really a strong opponent to using any technology to assist the soccer referee. In this modern age, traditional people like Blatter should be replaced to move the sports forward.
In truth, FIFA can be held responsible for all the refereeing controversies that has ensue over the last century. Things got worse in the last 2 decades after instant video replay technology allow television to broadcast all poor refereeing decisions immediately to the planet to see. How will you blame managers, players and fans from becoming enraged if they see a legitimate penalty been denied by soccer referees? Or perhaps a poor offside decision by the soccer referee that resulted in the eventual game winner? Worse, all these refereeing decisions has resulted in real instances of life and death, when referees who made crucial mistakes received death threats and are forced retire.
Remember Anders Frisk, the soccer referee from Sweden in 2005 following the contentious match between Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League? He was forced to quit after some poor decisions made that caused Chelsea to lose the eventual tie. In his own words, ”it’s not worth carrying on….My safety and the safety of my children goes before anything else. These last few weeks have been the worst of my entire life.” Soccer lost a very good referee that day. Can we blame him? Or the Jose Morinho who led that publicity assault against his poor performance? FIFA must take a significant part of the responsibility as well.
The scary thing is that type of anti-referee stuff can be taking shape at the youngest age groups. Refereeing resources already are tight, and at the cheapest and youngest degree of competitive soccer, young players and managers may also be learning from what they see on television to openly challenge the soccer referee’s decisions and cause disputes. It has become acceptable to lambaste the referee whether he made the right or wrong call, based on which side you supported. This will not speak well of the overall game. What type of sportsman ship are we teaching our youths? Which kind of refereeing standards do hopefully to raise if the soccer referees’ job continue being the loneliest one on the planet?
FIFA will always support the soccer referee’s decision, right or wrong. But this sort of backing does not offer practice support for referees at all levels. What referees need can be an understanding from all they are human and that they can make mistakes. If these mistakes can be rectified at the right time in a match through technology and appeals, the footballing crowds won’t become overzealous in condemning poor refereeing standards. Technology allows that to be done, but sadly, authority will not. Wake up FIFA, before someone really gets killed because of a poor refereeing decision. It will not come to that stage. Football is a beautiful game after all.
Jimmy Tong has been a Physical Educator for 13 Years in Singapore, with degree in sports science and physical education from Loughborough University in UK. He has extensive coaching experience in soccer, floorball and rugby teams in Singapore Schools.He is currently a sports development officer in Singapore schools along with an active contributor of sports training articles to improve sports performance in athletes. He hopes make it possible for people’s success to come by inspiring them with true sports motivational and inspirational stories.